Kim Bearden Kim Bearden delivers inspiring keynote messages to thousands of educators each year. As the co-founder, executive director and language arts teacher of the Ron Clark Academy, she is daily active in all aspects of the educational process. With a teaching career spanning almost thirty years, she has been a teacher, instructional lead teacher, curriculum director, school board member, staff development trainer and middle school principal. Her first book, Crash Course: The Life Lessons My Students Taught Me, will be released by Simon and Schuster in July of 2014.

Bearden has received numerous awards for her creative and dynamic teaching styles. She was chosen from over 70,000 nominations to be honored as the Disney American Teacher Awards Outstanding Middle School Humanities Teacher. The Milken Family Foundation selected her as one of 155 teachers from across the nation to receive the Award for Excellence in Education, and she was the chosen from among 7000 teachers as Teacher of the Year in Cobb County, Georgia. A member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2008, she is also a former Finalist for Georgia Teacher of the Year and the Phenomenal Woman of Character Award. Women Works Media Group named her one of Georgia’s Most Powerful and Influential Women.

Known for her creativity, Bearden passionately teaches curriculum in innovative and inspiring ways. Her classrooms are often transformed into a beach, Mt. Olympus, a poetry coffeehouse or a mountain retreat. Her students have experienced thunderstorms, an Italian restaurant, a hospital emergency room, a colonial village, and life on a fictitious planet without ever leaving the classroom! She has held a Fashion Extravaganza to teach descriptive writing and has created Survivor tribal challenges and the All-Star Punctuation Bowl to teach grammar.

She often teaches concepts through songs, kinesthetic games, and unique teaching strategies that motivate even the most restless learners. Her students consistently score among the highest in the state on standardized tests. Most importantly, she has proven that the required curriculum can be taught in a way that reinforces academic rigor while making learning an adventure.

Kim Bearden has taught countless workshops to teachers on topics such as creativity, brain-based research, the Multiple Intelligences, authentic assessment, technology integration, and learning styles. Her speeches are interactive as well as informative, and she is able to draw from her abundant experiences to customize her presentations to the needs of varied audiences.


The first 300 members that register for either the Full Conference or Saturday Only
will receive a free hard-cover copy of Kim’s book!

The inspiring true story of a teacher’s experiences with her students and the life lessons she learned that can help others find joy and success.

Crash Course chronicles the life lessons that Kim Bearden has learned during an award-winning career in education that has spanned three decades. Kim has taught more than 2,000 students, and each has shown her something about the world and the abundant capacity for love, resilience, and appreciation that we all possess. By sharing her students’ stories, she teaches their inspiring lessons to us all.

Throughout the ups and downs of her professional and personal life, Kim found that her students were the light that illuminated her path; they were her sanctuary in the storm. From her challenges as a first year teacher, to her triumphs as the cofounder of the highly acclaimed Ron Clark Academy, Kim shares how children can teach each of us the importance of building relationships, abandoning fear, embracing one’s unique gifts, and living with passion.

Full of honesty, humor, heartbreak, and humanity, Kim’s experiences show how children can help any one of us, despite life’s obstacles, find the joy and significance in both our personal and professional lives.

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